Financial Accounting and Reporting
Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)
There are four questions in the FAR exam and each is entirely predictable: prepare a set of single entity accounts, explain the accounting treatment of a set of transactions, prepare a set of consolidated accounts and a mixed topic question (which will include a cash flow statement).
Tuition is extremely exam focused and once a technical subject has been taught, we will develop your exam technique by teaching you the most effective way to answer each type of FAR exam question (the four FAR questions are very different from one another, so we have devised the optimal exam strategy for each).
The learning strategies and exam techniques you will be taught are those which enabled your tutor to score 88% and win a prize from the ICAEW for his performance in FAR. This tuition approach has resulted in several of our students also winning prizes.
A small sample of our student feedback is included below:
I used ACA Masters to help me with my FAR exam. I managed to pass the exam with 89%, despite not having the best understanding at college. Kieran’s plan is extremely well structured and easy to follow and I could not recommend it enough. He broke down each topic so that I could focus on areas I was weaker at. He improved my skills and confidence enough to perform well in the exam. I will definitely look to use him for my next exams.
Anita (FAR student who passed with 89%)
I just sat FAR using ACA Masters’ Online Videos only. Even with just the videos I managed to pass with grade of over 80% on my first attempt. I really wish I had used these videos earlier. It would have saved me a lot of time! I’m going to recommend the videos to all my colleagues and friends in Asia.
Hoan (Prize Winner for highest FAR mark in Singapore)
Anyone studying the ACA exams without a doubt MUST use ACA Masters. Without Kieran I simply wouldn't of passed the FAR exam, thank you again. The classes were at a great pace which focused on all the key areas to help pass the exam. On top of this, from the beginning of the course we focussed on exam technique and past papers which was a massive bonus that aided my revision to help me perform better in the actual exam on the day.
The learning materials provided were exceptionally helpful. What I found particularly helpful were the online webinars as I could watch these on the go which focused on key areas of the syllabus together with the exam tips. Kieran is a fantastic tutor who is always on hand to answer any questions you have and his knowledge and exam technique is invaluable.
Enis (FAR resit student)
The focus on exam technique for FAR enabled me to tackle the questions that gain most marks first, answer efficiently and most importantly, learn the knowledge needed for unexpected questions that may arise. The focus on the FAR explain questions really cemented the knowledge in my head which enabled me to tackle the other questions in the paper.
The online webinars are great in addition to the live tutoring as they explained topics and exam technique by applying them to different questions. Repetition is key and by watching the online webinars and answering the questions the way Kieran explained in order to pass the exam, became a habit.
The revision notes were very concise and there was nothing unnecessary in them.
I will most definitely be using ACA Masters services/products in the future whether it be online webinars, notes and/or tuition classes.
Kieran M (FAR student who passed first time with us)
The focus on exam technique was really helpful. I found it meant that I had seen almost every different style of exam question. I particularly benefited from learning the theory and then applying this to an exam question. The focus on the explain style questions at the start forced me to learn the standards which also helped with the other style of questions.The technical tuition focused on the right areas as more time was put into areas which almost always come up. Also, the exam tips were very helpful as were the learning materials. I would recommend this course to other students who need to pass. I would also like to sign up for the TC tuition if there are any available spaces.
Lucy (FAR student who passed first time with us)
I found the tips on how to approach the questions very useful e.g. the approach for the written 'explain questions' gave me a method which could be applied to any 'explain question' that came up.
It was good that the sessions were broken up into separate areas of the exam so it was clear which question we were working on and gave a bit of structure to my revision. I would definitely recommend taking the course as it was much more understandable than the college course for this module.
Kam (FAR student who passed first time with us)
Incredible ACA tutor who I cannot recommend enough! I am so glad I found ACA masters when I did and I look forward to being taught by the best for the remainder of my exams.
Nikita (FAR student who passed first time)
I feel the exam technique using past papers helped me perform better in the actual exam especially the focus on the core areas that repeat most commonly in papers.The learning materials and exam tips were really helpful especially the use of computer to demonstrate the answer which is something that other tutors have not used. I would recommend the course to other students; the small class size is helpful in getting the most out of the sessions. In the future I plan on using your courses again for my next exams where possible. Overall, I was really happy with the tuition and achieved my goal of passing all 3 exams first time (even though it did seem impossible)!
Rory (FAR, TC and AA student who passed first time with us)
The tuition was excellent. The explanations and reasoning that was provided was very helpful for my understanding and the pace was just right. I would recommend the course to others.
Imogen (FAR student who passed first time with us)
Notes provided are very useful and break the complex technical areas down in an easily understandable way. The step by step processes used allow for greater understanding of the topic making questions seem far less daunting. They also enable the question to be broken down into parts enabling greater marks to be obtained.
The more concise approach used in the notes and question practice really benefited my studying as opposed to the lengthy course materials provided by my college.
Matt (FAR student who passed first time with us)
Further detail on how our approach differs from other tuition providers is included in our 'How to Pass the FAR Exam' article.
To get you through your FAR exam, we offer classroom tuition, online tuition and one-to-one tuition. It is possible to combine different methods of tuition.
FAR Classroom Course - London*
Our FAR classroom course comprises six classes which are held on Saturdays in central London. Each class focuses on a set of frequently examined topic areas and you will be taught: the key technical content; the most effective way to read and work through the exam paper; the key things to look out for in exam questions; and most importantly, the specific technique you should use when typing your answer in the exam.
Tuition is extremely exam focused and we will work exclusively with past paper questions from recent exams to ensure that you get up to the required standard as soon as possible – rather than wasting time with ‘warm-up’ questions.
Our FAR Master Plan categorises all the past exam questions by topic, so that after each class you can go and practice your newly acquired exam technique skills on similar questions and watch your marks drastically improve (hopefully you will join our growing list of prize winners!)
You will also be coached on how to study effectively, how to structure your revision and be guided as to what you need to do to pass the ACA exams with top marks.
The course is structured as follows:
1. Assets, Revenue and 'Explain Accounting Treatment' Exam Questions
2. Provisions, Financial Instruments, Leases and 'Explain Accounting Treatment' Exam Questions
3. Tax, Other Standards and 'Single Entity Financial Statement Preparation' Exam Questions
4. Groups 1
5. Groups 2 and Cash Flow Statements
6. Exam Technique Masterclass
There are two payment options for the FAR classroom course.
Option 1: Pay As You Go
Tuition fees are £150 per class.
Option 2: Full Course
For students who wish to attend all 6 classes, the full cost of the course is £590.
The full course includes:
- Access to our online FAR classes which can be used as a revision resource (see below).
- Access to our online Accounting classes as most need a refresher on the brought forward content.
- Our FAR Learning Notes: easy-to-use summary of examinable content (see below).
- Our FAR Master Plan: a detailed step-by-step study plan (see below).
Please contact us here if you wish to book.
Tuition is held in central London* on Saturdays. Each class has a maximum of 10 students. This small group format ensures that the tutor can dedicate sufficient attention to each individual student, whilst at the same time building a collaborative learning environment where questions can be freely asked. This small group format has proved highly effective for our current and former students and is a contributing factor to our exceptionally high student pass rate. Students are also encouraged to act as ‘study buddies’ outside of formal tutoring hours.
*Please note that all 2020 courses will be taking place online due to COVID-19. Online tuition operates in exactly the same way as traditional classroom tuition. Our online classroom software uses video conferencing, screen sharing, digital whiteboards and electronic ICAEW Question Banks. Many students prefer online tuition as it saves travel costs and time.
Online FAR Course
As it is not possible for all students to attend our classroom in London and because the course is often fully booked, our prize-winning Senior ACA Tutor Kieran Doe has recorded an online video course. The online course teaches the same content and exam techniques as the classroom course. Many students prefer the online course to live tuition as each class can be viewed as many times as you need to ensure that you have mastered the topic. The course also offers a lower cost option whilst yielding the same benefits as live tuition.
Each class focuses on a frequently examined topic and explains the key technical concepts in a simplified way, before demonstrating the optimal exam technique by working through recent past exam questions in full. You will be taught the most efficient way to read, interpret and analyse the exam paper and most importantly, the specific technique you should use when typing your answer. This includes practical advice on how to make effective use of your open book when answering questions.
Having understood the technical content and exactly how you should be approaching a particular type of FAR exam question, you can then go and attempt similar past exam questions to put these prize-winning exam technique skills to the test and watch your marks drastically improve - hopefully you will join our growing list of prize winners! Our FAR Master Plan (see below) categorises all the past exam questions by topic to make it easy for you to practice similar questions after each class. This enables you to conquer FAR by mastering one area at a time.
The course is structured so that it covers each examinable area and each type of FAR exam question. The course also includes revision classes from Certificate Level Accounting for those who need a refresher on the brought forward content.
The course structure is as follows:
Single Entity Financial Statements
Assets ('Explain' Questions)
Revenue and Grants ('Explain' Questions)
Provisions ('Explain' Questions)
Equity and Financial Instruments ('Explain' Questions)
Leases ('Explain' Questions)
Foreign Currency Transactions ('Explain' Questions)
Single Entity Financial Statement Preparation Questions (with OCI)
Single Entity Financial Statement Preparation Questions (with SOCE)
Single Entity Financial Statement Preparation Questions (with Disclosure Note)
Consolidated SFP Questions (no Associate or JV)
Consolidated P&L and SOCE Questions (no Associate or JV)
Consolidated P&L and SFP Extract Questions (no Associate or JV)
Groups: Subsidiary Disposal
Consolidated P&L and Extract Questions (Subsidiary Disposal)
Groups: Associates and Joint Ventures (JV)
Consolidated SFP Questions (with Associate or JV)
Consolidated P&L and SOCE Questions (with Associate or JV)
Cash Flow Statements
Cash Flow Statement: Basics
Group Cash Flow Questions 1 (Full Cash Flow)
Group Cash Flow Questions 2 (Revised Cash Flow and Extracts)
Ethics, Conceptual Framework and UK GAAP Comparison Questions
Accounting Basics – part 1 (Statements; Double Entry; Ledgers; Sales and Purchases)
Accounting Basics – part 2 (Accruals)
Cost of Sales and Inventories
Bad Debt and Provisions
Equity and Loans
P&L and SFP: Single entity 1
P&L and SFP: Single entity 2
Cash Flow Statement: Single entity 1
Cash Flow Statement: Single entity 2
You can view the first class from the course below.
You can purchase each individual class for only £20 by clicking on the 'Rent' icon below. You can then watch the class as many times as you need to ensure that you have understood the technical principles and mastered the exam techniques taught during the class. You can stream the classes directly below and view them on any device which has internet connection within the 72 hour viewing period. If you require access for longer than 72 hours, we suggest that you opt for the Full Course Offer - see below for details.
Full Course Offer
Please note that our study materials are sold separately - see below.
If you are struggling with a particular area, then one-to-one tuition is also available. We suggest that one-to-one tuition is used to supplement the tuition provided during our classroom or online classes to address any specific areas where you require intensive support.
Tuition fees are £75-85 p/hour depending on the level of seniority of the tutor.
Please contact us here if you wish to book.
FAR Learning Notes
Our prize-winning ACA tutor, Kieran Doe, has developed our unique FAR Learning Notes which concisely summarise the essential technical knowledge you need to pass the exam. This enables you to focus on the essential content for each topic and then test yourself by reproducing the condensed content on a blank page. This will force you to actively recall the information so that it is embedded in your brain ready to use for exam questions.
The notes include:
Easy-to-use summarised technical notes for each subject area
Calculation proformas and reminders
Specific exam technique guidance for each type of FAR exam question
A small sample is included at the bottom of this page. Student feedback can be found at the top of this page.
FAR Master Plan
To ensure that you use your study time as effectively as possible, we have broken the syllabus down into 'examinable topics' so that you can allocate your time to specific examinable topics. For each topic, we have referenced the listed the recent past exam questions which examined the topic. There is also a reference to how frequently the topic is examined, the extent to which it is examined and the online FAR class which demonstrates the exact exam technique to use for that type of question.
A small sample is included at the bottom of this page.
Payment and Delivery
The price for the FAR Learning Notes and the FAR Master Plan is £35. You can purchase by clicking below; if you wish to use another payment method then please contact us.
Once payment has been received, you will receive the materials via email within 48 hours.
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